Two years ago, on seeing the first
French edition of this children's memorial volume, a few individuals in the
United States resolved to bring these children's faces and their story to the
English-reading world. This edition has been a true group effort, linking
volunteers in Paris and in New York. I especially want to thank Susan Cohen and
Howard Epstein for their dedication to this task and general contributions as
editors and translators, and in particular Susan for overall review and Howard
for rewriting the historic account of the Holocaust in France and how the
children were caught in its tentacles. I am thankful as well to Glorianne
Depondt of the FFDJF, the Sons and Daughters of the Jews Deported from France,
who worked tirelessly in Paris on translation of the photo captions. I am
grateful, too, to Peter Hellman, who brought the book to the New York group and
encouraged them to embark on this journey.
Our own continued research
for this expanded volume was backed by Alan L. Gleitsman, who chose Beate and
me as recipients of the1995 International Activist Award. My work on this
edition is in memory of Philippe Potchengueil, deported on convoy 23 of
August24, 1942; he was born on March 3, 1930, the same day that Alan Gleitsman
The group effort to produce this book included the
individuals whose support, financial and otherwise, gave this project life.
Paris, October 1996
We are especially grateful to the Steven H. and Alida Brill Scheuer
Foundation for generous and crucial contributions that were a great
encouragement to us at the very beginning of our work and a help again at the
end. Our special thanks go as well to Suzanne Slesin for her generous and
continuing support. We acknowledge the support of the late Mrs. Roy (Niuta)
Titus, who narrowly escaped France after the war began and whose enthusiasm for
this project was unflagging. She made a first contribution in honor of the bar
mitzvah of her grandson, Joachim Beno Steinberg. She died while the book was in
progress, and the Titus family has contributed in memory of Niuta Slesin Titus
and Laurent Slesin. And we thank the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for assistance
that enabled us to complete the project.
This book has also been made
possible through generous support from: the Helena Rubinstein Foundation; an
anonymous donor; the Lucius Littauer Foundation; Sara Lee and Axel Schupf; Mrs.
Charles W. Lubin; Amy and Ronald Goldberger; Andrea Grover; Roxane and Lawrence
Phillips; Anthony Donn; Carol P. Green; Dr. and Mrs. Allen Hyman; the Lob
family in memory of Jacqueline Carrance; Ernest Nives and family; Carol Sanger;
and Donald and Susan Sultan.